All smiles for Wootton Bassett at their grand opening
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
ROYAL Wootton Bassett opened their new £1.3million clubhouse in spectacular fashion at the weekend, despite a President’s XV slipping to a 24-22 defeat to an Army Masters side.
A marching band and Welsh male voice choir started proceedings off at Ballards Ash, before the matchball for the main attraction from a rugby point of view - the game against the Army team - was delivered by the REME Parachute Display team.
For club chairman vice-chairman Jim Brierley, the day was a massive success.
He said: “It was a brilliant day which exceeded our expectations completely, and there was a brilliant atmosphere that everyone enjoyed.
“We think we had well over 1,000 adults through the gate and maybe as many children, and while the club will benefit of course our two charities will really benefit from this.
“For the matches themselves they really added something to the day, and the colts played at a really high tempo in a match played in really good spirit.
“Both teams really wanted to play rugby and thoroughly entertained the crowd with their skills and commitment.
“The Army veterans won the senior game by one or two points and it was very competitive which made a good spectacle for everyone who was there.”
On the same day, Bassett’s colts beat Andover 35-22, before losing 15-12 to Reading 24 hours later.
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